Anthony Taylor: referee for FA Trophy Final 2012

By Alex Byrom
Referees Editor

Select Group referee Anthony Taylor has been appointed to referee the FA Trophy final between Newport County and York City.

The 33 year old, who has been a select group referee since 2010, was given the appointment today.

It’s the Cheshire FA ref’s first high-profile game, i.e. a cup final.

The match takes place at Wembley next month – Saturday 12th May 2012 and will be live on Sky Sports and in HD with their HD platform.

On the day, he will be assisted by Simon Bennett from Staffordshire and Sian Massey from Birmingham – who will become the first female to officiate in a man’s cup final. With board duties is Darren Drysdale – a national list referee.

York City have been to the new Wembley twice times in the last four years: Last time they were in the FA Trophy final, they were beaten 3-1 by Stevenage Borough, whilst in the 2009/10 season they were beaten in the Conference Play-Off Final by Oxford United.

This season, they currently lie in 4th place, in the Play-Offs and just need a win to confirm their place in the play-offs again. On the road to Wembley this season they have knocked out: Solihull Moors, Salisbury City, Ebbsfleet United, Grimsby Town and favourites Luton Town in the Semi-Finals.  

Meanwhile Newport County, the 4th club in England’s top 4 divisions to be from Wales are making their debut at the new Wembley. However, they had a disappointing start to the season picking up just 1 point from their opening 12 games. But the arrival of a new manager improved fortunes, although they currently sit just above the relegation zone in 20th place just a point away from confirming their place in the Blue Square Bet Premier next season.

En route to the final, they knocked out: Forest Green Rovers, Worksop Town, Carshalton Athletic, Northwich Victoria and Wealdstone in the Semi-Finals.  



Taylor shows Doni a red card in Liverpool's 3-2 away win at Blackburn last week

On his appointment Taylor said: “ I am delighted to have been appointed to this match [FA Trophy]. I am very proud and honoured to have received a Cup Final for 2012 even though I have only been a Premier League referee for two years.”

PGMOL chief Mike Riley said: “Anthony has been extremely consistent this year, both on merit and on misconduct. We feel that his hard-work, training and season should be rewarded and are happy to award the FA Trophy final to him.”

Taylor, working along side Phil Dowd for the FA Cup final (as 4th Official), has been very consistent in the League this season – especially when it comes to card count. In 15 Premier League games this season he has awarded 5 penalties and handed out 48 yellow cards and 3 reds.

His count took a battering in his match last week at Ewood Park when Liverpool with ten men beat Blackburn 3-2 with a last minute goal. He awarded two penalties to the home side and nine yellow cards whilst also dismissing Liverpool keeper Doni in the build-up to the first penalty.

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